RUMOR: Cavs would have to be blown away by an offer to trade Kevin Love
The Cleveland Cavaliers are getting trade calls about All-Star power forward Kevin Love with the trade deadline almost a month away, but the team reportedly needs to be blown away by an offer to move him, according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.
Kevin Love, who still recovering from toe surgery, becomes eligible to be moved on Jan. 24. The five-time All-Star signed a four-year, $120 million extension with the Cavs in July, but then he got hurt just four games into the 2018-19 season.
Cleveland currently has the worst record in the NBA at 9-35.
.@ChrisFedor on @BullandFox: "The #Cavs are getting calls about Kevin Love. For the right price, I think the Cavs would be willing to listen. But, I've been told by a number of people inside the org, for the Cavs to move on from Kevin, they'd have to be blown away (with offer)."
— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) January 15, 2019
Kevin Love averaged 19.0 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest in the four games he appeared in this season. He was shooting 32.3 percent from the field, 29.2 percent from beyond the arc and 81.8 percent from the free-throw line.
The Cavs are going to be a lottery team this year, which is probably a good thing since Duke has three players in Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish who are likely going to be lottery picks in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Why Cleveland wants to keep Kevin Love on the roster is uncertain. It could be for leadership purposes, or the club thinks they can be competitive next season with a healthy Love and a young phenom from the draft.
One thing is clear: Trade rumors are going to surround Love until the deadline passes.